Lot 1697: Medieval Massive Ring with Heraldic Lion
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th-15th century AD. A substantial D-section silver hoop with three radiating bosses, octagonal-section expanding bezel; niello field with reserved palmettes to the hoop, crosses to the lateral bosses, starburst to the lower boss; two bands of niello herringbone detail with separating line; plaque with niello border, panel with lion rampant regardant, punched texture to the body, limbs and tail, facial features. Cf. Bosselmann-Ruickbie, A. A 13th Century Jewellery Hoard from Thessalonica in Entwistle, C. & Adams, N. Intelligible Beauty, Recent Research into Byzantine Jewellery, London, 2010, items 7, 8, 14. 63 grams, 38mm overall, 19.19mm internal diameter (approximate size British S, USA 9, Europe 20.0, Japan 19) (1 1/2"). Property of a London collector, acquired before 1980.
Condition Report: Very fine condition. A large wearable size. Rare.